Kurt Schwitters' last Merzbau: The Elterwater Merz Barn

KSDIY17 Kurt Schwitters ‘DIY’ Summer School

14th – 22nd July 2017,  at the Merz Barn site, Elterwater, Cumbria


The view of the Langdale valley near the Merz Barn; 5000 year old rock art carvings are also found on the boulders to the right

A ten day hands-on Summer School for architecture, craft/design artists and students based at the site of Kurt Schwitters’ last Merzbau experiment, the Elterwater Merz Barn, Cumbria  <www.merzbarn.net>

“Schwitters’ Merzbau experiments were an important influence on the development of early modern architecture..”    (Rem Koolhaas OMA)

KS Birthday

Happy anniversray Kurt! his year (2017) we are also celebrating the 70th anniversary of Kurt Schwitters Merz Barn project;archive photo of Schwitters (seated far right) at the Merz Barn site, June 1947 – with the cheque for $1,000 from MoMA NYC in his pocket

The Summer School will offer creative workshop opportunities*, architectural experiments and construction skills projects located in the dramatic landscapes of the Lake District National Park:

(1)  Merzbau Art Museum – design and construction of large scale architectural models as the basis for a future Kurt Schwitters Merzbau art museum; the narratives of Kurt Schwitters’ four Merzbauten projects (1923-48)

(2)  New Rural Design and Architecture workshop skills – learn traditional rural craft       construction skills – dry stone walling, coppice/benders, and sleeping pods in the orchard

(3)  Traditional scything, hay rope making and hay meadow management    An introduction to the use of the Austrian (light) and English (heavy) scythes; basic scything skills,    grass architecture and hay rope making, and basic intro. to hay meadow ecology and management


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(4) Self-directed projects; e.g. in painting, drawing, photography, video, audio arts, and         printmaking, etc., are also encouraged.   We have a small gallery and tools store on site.        But students are responsible for their own materials, food and cooking arrangements.

*NB the workshops are informal and programmed according to demand. They can also be offered as one or two half day intensives by arrangement so that people can mix.

Fees:    £195 including fully equipped bunk barn accommodation (9 nights) and workshop tuition

£100 non-bunk barn, free use of camping facilities, showers, etc, on site at the Merz Barn

For further information and bookings please contact:  The Merz Barn project (Ian or Celia)  at <littoral@btopenworld.com>  T. 015394 37309   M 07796 617167   <www.merzbarn.net>



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The site where Kurt Schwitters created his last great Merz artwork

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